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Ask the Optimization Expert: BAS Controls

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my building automation systems or BAS controls? Answer: BAS controls issues, which include problems with thermostats and temperature control, can take several forms. A building energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas: Thermostats on heating/cooling units are vulnerable to occupant adjustment …

Ben Stewart

Dec 27, 2016

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Healthy & Environmentally Friendly Schools Means Better Learning Outcomes

The California Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CA-CHPS), has put forth building standards to address every aspect of a school, from indoor classrooms to outdoor landscaping, with very specific criteria for integration, indoor air quality, energy, water, site, materials, waste management and operational metrics. Part of the reason for the new criteria is the growing awareness …

Ben Stewart

Dec 27, 2016

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Location-Specific Lighting Efficiency Strategies in Schools

Schools represent a target market for a slew of innovative lighting efficiency strategies. First off, the Department of Energy estimates about 30 percent of electricity consumed by a typical school is for lighting alone. Because of the coincidental heat generated by outdated lighting fixtures, even more electricity is used to run air conditioning units. Why …

Ben Stewart

Dec 27, 2016

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SmartWatt Partners with California Conservation Corp to Create Jobs

For the past year, SmartWatt’s Placentia and Rocklin, California offices have worked jointly with the California Conservation Corp Energy Corps crews to make energy solutions more affordable for California’s K-12 schools and community colleges.  This year, they expanded the relationship and began an internship program, which has resulted in full-time jobs at SmartWatt. The California …

Ben Stewart

Dec 27, 2016

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